MediaFire Minion #1: Hey, I just got told by management we don’t take PayPal any more.
MediaFire Minion #2: So hang on – we have a whole bunch of subscribers going with that. What happens to their data?
MediaFire Minion #1: I dunno, we’ll just have to tell them to change payment or we cut them back to the free storage deal.
MediaFire Minion #2: So, we send out an email about this? I don’t have the time to set up a mail out. I’ve got the pad app on my plan.
MediaFire Minion #1: Naah we’ll just put up a notice saying that MF don’t take PayPal any more and hope they log in before their next payment falls due.
PayPal: Dear Ellard, your scheduled payment to MediaFire was unable to be processed. Please contact the vendor to arrange alternate payment.
Me: What in holy fuck just happened to 2TB of backup?
There are still people out there who use some ‘cloud’ or other as their primary backup, egged on by ‘technology pundits’ that think any new idea is good idea. This hubris leads to entertaining falls when the pundit has a meltdown. For me MediaFire was there as a media source and a third stage in case two hard drives exploded simultaneously or an atom bomb hit Surry Hills. I’ve got it all on a RAID and I can go elsewhere – if I can find a place that doesn’t hand out my password over the phone like Apple (seriously, WTF).
I am supported in this view by the GroundHog. Not always a good sign.
The best part of the MegaUpload court case was the reveal that their servers were set up in two hotel rooms in Hong Kong. I’m sure that MediaFire at least has an office, but it’s not much use when a squabble with PayPal brings a decision to axe my account and not make damn sure I hear about it repeatedly.
I am more inclined to go with a few more of these as they have Blue LEDs and that is a sign of extra quality.